Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Taylor Road

My daily walk takes me across Flood Control Dam Site 35. I always count on seeing geese, ducks, perhaps a Blue Heron, Ollie walking his dog and the every changing landscape. Here are a few shots from this morning. The one surprise was seeing one dog in a dress and another wearing a NASCAR shirt.

A view of Smithville Cemetery which I call "The Last Road you Take"

I was also happy to see that the porta-potty had been uprighted

And finally the dogs

Why not get this?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I fall to pieces

Back in 2007 our friends pulled down a barn that had fallen into dangerous disrepair. I took a burst of shots which I turned into video.

Six years later Google+ comes up with #AutoAwesome , an easy way to create an animated GIF from a sequence of similar photos. Since I still had the photos on my hard drive (and some from 2009 of a oak tree being cut down) I created a pair of animated GIFS.

For your amusement I'm including them here along with original YouTube. Enjoy!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Why do this?

I confess I don't understand vandalism. Why do some people get a thrill out of making life harder and more miserable for others.

Sadly I witnessed this scene on my morning walk near the ball field at Dam Site 35 in Smithville. Not too funny when you realize that someone is going to have clean out the spilled contents and the ball players have been denied sanitary facilities.

For shame.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Grave location controversy in New Ipswich

Recently New Ipswich faced criticism from the state concerning improvements made to a baseball field located next to Flood Control Dam 35 located next to the Smithville Cemetery.

Dam site 35 is considered a "high hazard Class C structure" by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, meaning there is a greater danger of flooding damage to structures due to dam failure.

As a result of this classification the state inspects the dam more frequently and requires access for dam maintenance.

Recently it was reported that over 60 graves in the Smithville Cemetery were located in an area that the state might need to stage equipment for dam maintenance. In the worst case scenario the town may be required to move these graves since there is a dispute over land ownership where the graves are located.

Recently the Boston Station WHDH aired a news item on the disputed land.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

As all cat owners know, a lot goes on with these creatures. They seem to tolerate us, but they are certainly mistrustful of their own kind. The cats that own us, Buster and Paris have nothing for hatred for each other (seen in this staring contest).

The orange cat on the porch is a male that just showed up via cat telepathy. I'm not sure of his motives, but he has a Clint Eastwood style , the loner that just showed up.

Buster is the aggressor (Lee Van Cleef) , who is gentle with humans but brutal with his housemate, Paris (Eli Wallach).

Today we were greeted with this scene. A typical three cat standoff. My wife remarked that it was exactly like the closing scenes in the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

You know what? She is absolutely correct!

New Google Maps - bigger photos, more customization

Google is in the process of releasing a number of new changes to their products. There have been changes to Google plus (larger photos, better use of screen real estate etc. Google Play now has a subscription service similar to Spotify and Pandora.

The latest are changes to Google Maps with more emphasis on customizing the map to the users. For example favorite restaurants or locations. A big change is the presentation of photos. I was pleased to see that some of the photos that I have submitted to Panoramio and other Google sites are now integrated into maps. For example I did a search for Barrett House, Main Street, New Hampshire and noticed that some of my photos of that landmark were integrated into the map.

Like many other Google products, the new version of Maps is being released over a period of time. 

Here are some screen shots. The first shows the the approximate New Ipswich Memorial Day parade route, the second demonstrates how photos are presented.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

New Ipswich Memorial Day - 2013

We celebrate Memorial Day the Sunday before the official holiday. As in years past there is a morning ceremony at the Smithville Cemetery followed in the afternoon with a much larger parade.

Here are some photos of the both events.

Starting with Coffee and Nisu at Peter and BJ Aho's home. In attendance WWII veterans Eddy Aho and Peter Grippardi

Then to Smithville Cemetery.

Decorating the Souhegan river and 21 gun salute

Mascenic Band member Ariana Holmes and two girls decorate the waters of the Souhegan to honor those lost at sea.

World War II veterans, Eddie Aho, Peter Grippardi and Francis Dorn

Afternoon Ceremony (Central Cemetery and Veterans Monument)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Parade of Giant Puppets

The 20th Annual Children and the Arts Festival was held on May 18th 2013 in downtown Peterborough.

The weather was perfect and theme was Puppet Palooza featuring the return of the GIANT Puppets.

The festival had everything, puppets, kids, great food, great music and plenty of fun. A definite venue for next year for me.